Alan Skirton is on the top row, second left, in this Arsenal team photo
Alan's discipline on the field was excellent, in fact he was never even booked when playing for Arsenal,
although many Yeovil fans will recall an incident with Yeovil goalkeeper Tony Clark that should have seen
a 'veteran' Weymouth winger being reprimanded by the referee!
As Alan's playing career was coming to an end he saw how the then Weymouth Commercial manager,
Alec Jackson, earned his living and felt that this could be his own future, he assisted in the commercial
department at Weymouth during the latter days of his playing career. He then moved back to his hometown club
Bath City to become the Commercial Manager and stayed for 10 years, even reviving his playing career and
playing a few games for them in the Southern League. When Yeovil Town stepped in he could see the potential
in South Somerset and set about a task that would lead to him being one of the most successful Commercial
Managers in Non League football.
For 21 years Alan has been the face, and voice, of Yeovil Town Football Club. Businesses near and far
have been persuaded to sponsor the club or advertise in one way or another. Match day at Huish Park without
Alan on the microphone will never be quite the same, although the power in the voice has meant that the
assistance of amplification has not always been necessary in the confines of the Vice Presidents lounge.
His talents will not be entirely lost as the club intend to call on him in a consultancy basis from time
to time and he will still be watching from the main stand as the pursuit of league football continues.
It would be fitting if as his work ends its ultimate purpose were achieved.
I am sure that everyone connected with the Football Club wish Alan and his wife Jane a long and happy
retirement, may they never be strangers at Huish Park.
John Baker, October 2002
Alan Skirton - bottom right in the Blackpool team photo - shortly before he departed for Ashton Gate